For the AD/HD [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] families out there; the one dated November 26th: http://comics.com/reality_check/Here is the direct URL.
I live in the House of AD/HD, in which my father-in-law, husband, and two sons have diagnosed AD/HD; my mother-in-law has what we all strongly suspect is undiagnosed AD/HD; and I am the only person without AD/HD. I can't possibly express how many ways that this comic offends me, but here's a damn good start:
- Taking AD/HD medication to improve focus does not take away talent.
- Taking AD/HD medication to improve focus does not make one an affectless zombie.
- Parents generally do not make the decision to give AD/HD meds (many of which are controlled substances) lightly. (That leads to corollary 3a, which is this: Parents do not give their children AD/HD meds to get out of the hard work of parenting "difficult" children.)
- Taking AD/HD medication to improve focus does not change one's personality.
- Taking AD/HD medication to improve focus does not make one "normal"—and how is "normal" defined anyway?
- Being extremely intelligent or talented in one particular area does not make one "abnormal" and thus in need of medicating.
- Physicians do not give AD/HD meds to every parent whose child is "different."
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